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Canon ZR850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 319 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The portability and value for money also get good comments. There are some critical opinions about the reliability and connectivity. Views about the build quality and memory are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 205 user reviews of Canon ZR850 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR850 1MP MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical ZoomCanon ZR850 1MP MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical ZoomCanon ZR850 MiniDV Camcorder + Accessory Kit

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ZR850

 

The Canon ZR850 ($329 as of May 11, 2007) is an inexpensive MiniDV camcorder that's ideal for beginners who want to produce home videos. Equipped with a 1.07-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device), this camcorder has long battery life and captures...

Easy to use Has several shooting modes

Mediocre video and photo quality Joystick is inconveniently placed

The Canon ZR850's ease of use, good battery life, and array of shooting modes make it an ideal camcorder for shooting home videos. Though its image quality pales in comparison to that of higher-end camcorders we've tested, the ZR850 delivers a fine set...

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Canon ZR850

 

As the top model in Canon's MiniDV line this year, you shouldn't expect earth-shattering improvements from the ZR850 over last year's models. After all, manufacturers seem to be putting more resources into DVD and hard drive-based models. The overall...

New, easier-to-use menu system with joystick control; impressive color in good lighting; wide-screen LCD; built-in lens cover; low price.

No accessory shoe or microphone input; bottom-loading tape compartment; doesn't support analog-to-digital conversions; not enough stabilization at full zoom; poor low-light performance.

Canon's new MiniDV top model, the ZR850, continues the ZR tradition of offering affordable, easy-to-use wide-screen movie-making, though low-light performance is still subpar.

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Canon ZR850 Camcorder Review

 

The winds of change are blowing, and they've swept away Camcorderinfo.com's 2006 camcorder of the year, the Canon Elura 100. The company will not renew the Elura line for 2007. That leaves Canon with only three models holding the MiniDV torch: the...

The Canon ZR850 is shaping up to be one of the best budget buys of the year. The video quality in bright light was clearly better than the other ZRs, not just in resolution but in color performance as well. The big choice you'll have to make is whether...

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The Canon ZR850 camcorder, reviewed and put to the test.

 

Canon is always one of the first name brands I think of when camcorders come into my mind. I recently had a chance to take a look at one of their miniDV camcorders, the ZR850.

Good video under ample lighting ; Easy to use interface and controls ; Large 2.7" LCD screen

No microphone input ; Motor noise from tape mechanism in audio ; Still imaging only in 4:3 mode ; Not too good low-light performance

All in all, the Canon ZR series of camcorders are perfect for those quick moments you need to capture on video, like a vacation or wedding. The camcorder's navigation isn't too overwhelming for the amateur videographer. The ZR850 is available now at...

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Canon ZR850

 

The Canon ZR850 ($329 MSRP) represents the apex of the new ZR trio this year, in front of the ZR830 and entry-level ZR800. But will this leader prove to be a valiant one? It has more juice in the video quality department and a larger still image...

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Canon ZR850 camcorder

 

Though this camcorder's image quality pales in comparison to other models we've tested, the ZR850 offers a fine assortment of features and capabilities for its price.

Easy to use; includes built-in lens cover; has several shooting modes

Mediocre video, still-shot, and audio quality; joystick is inconveniently placed; no microphone or headphone jack

Light and compact, the ZR850is designed to fit firmly in the palm of your hand. The zoom button is conveniently placed so your index finger can reach it. A small joystick and two buttons built into the casing that holds the camcorder’s 2.7-inch LCD...

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Canon ZR850

 

The Canon ZR850 comes equipped with a single 1/6" CCD, though it manages to pack a little more resolution into that size than the other ZR models. While the ZR800 and ZR830 have a gross pixel count of 680,000, the ZR850 squeezes in 1,070,000. What...

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Good SD Camcorder for the money"

 

I got this camera as a present and it does pe... 

Electronic stabilization is good even when zoomed out. Good Zoom range. Sensitive mic. Good bitrate. Clear sharp image for an SD camcorder when played back on a CRT TV

some motor noise in quite situations. Poor low light capability. uses DV tape so editing video takes more time than those with flash memory. I prefer a bit more contrast and and color to my video than this camera delivers

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Good SD Camcorder for the money

 

I got this camera as a present and it does perform pretty well. I can be in the shots using the remote and tripod. Picture quality is decent for a standard definition camera but for those with large plasma and LCD TVs you may be disappointed.

Electronic stabilization is good even when zoomed out. Good Zoom range. Sensitive mic. Good bitrate. Clear sharp image for an SD camcorder when played back on a CRT TV

some motor noise in quite situations. Poor low light capability. uses DV tape so editing video takes more time than those with flash memory. I prefer a bit more contrast and and color to my video than this camera delivers

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"Good SD Camcorder for the money"

 

I got this camera as a present and it does perform pretty well. I can be in the shots using the remote and tripod. Picture quality is decent for a standard definition camera but for those with large plasma and LCD TVs you may be disappointed.

Electronic stabilization is good even when zoomed out. Good Zoom range. Sensitive mic. Good bitrate. Clear sharp image for an SD camcorder when played back on a CRT TV.

some motor noise in quite situations. Poor low light capability. uses DV tape so editing video takes more time than those with flash memory. I prefer a bit more contrast and and color to my video than this camera delivers.

Product Specifications

Around the world, the name Canon means optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance. And Canon digital video camcorders are no exception. Whether you're shopping for your first camcorder, or would like to upgrade from analog to digital, the ZR camcorders are a perfect balance of style, performance and affordability. The ZR digital camcorders give you a brilliant Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom lens, Canon's advanced image stabilization system, Widescreen HR recording, DIGIC DV image processing, Joystick controller, and Level and Grid Markers. The results are brilliant video and digital photos that you can easily share with family and friends. The ZR850 is the top of the line of ZR camcorders. This addition to the ZR family includes a 1.07 megapixel CCD, along with an array of features that turn your camcorder into a digital still camera, including 9 Point AiAF (Auto Focus), Progressive Photo, Simultaneous Photo Recording, Special Scene Modes, and Image Effects. It is also compatible with SD HC (High Capacity) memory cards for storing even more of your images. A built-in video light ensures that regardless of the conditions, your subject will be clearly seen. With the ZR850 you get all of these exciting features, plus its ease-of-use makes it the perfect solution for capturing all of life's precious memories.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L5

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:850
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0/F/2.0-5.0
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:35
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Dark gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:710Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Low Sharpening / Mirror / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid / Wave/Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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